With Cross-Cloud services, VMware wants to pilot multicloud

On the occasion of its event at VMworld (October 5-7), VMware announced a salvo of services around multicloud. Called Cross-Cloud, the firm wants to eliminate the complexity of managing, deploying and securing applications in different cloud environments. It also takes the opportunity to emphasize safety.

For months, VMware has been orienting its approach to multicloud and logically placing emphasis on this theme at VMworld 2021. With one priority in mind: position itself to meet the growing demand in this area and be stable rooted in the era of infrastructures and distributed applications in the clouds. According to the publisher, approximately 75% of its customers rely on two or more public clouds, and 40% use at least three. “A medium-sized company has about 500 applications, and all of them are being modernized. Some will continue to evolve into the private cloud, many will move to the public cloud but may not be much. can be changed while others are, sometimes rewritten. We are faced with a very diverse application landscape, and it cannot be said that one answer can cover all of these needs, “the CEO told our colleague from IDG of VMware, Raghu Raghuram. “VMware’s positioning in the industry is a multicloud Switzerland [agnostique, NDLR] gives customers the freedom to choose the right cloud based on their strategic business goals. ”

To help businesses better navigate multicloud, VMware is launching a cross-cloud service offering. Purpose: to offer customers a choice of specific services for the platform of their choice, including AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Oracle. These services include a variety of VMware products from container support to networking, security and desktop software. These include Tanzu in particular, VMware Cloud, vRealize, NSX, Carbon Black, Workspace One and the latest Edge. For current VMware customers, integrating many of these components can make life easier but will still require some learning effort according to experts. Do customers need it all? Probably not right away. “They can start building and deploying cloud-native applications as needed with this package,” said Brad Casemore, vice president of research for IDC’s Data Center and Multicloud Networks business. “Enterprise workloads will become increasingly cloud native and microservices will become commonplace, so VMware is on the right track.”

Cloud-native vSphere connectivity

VMware Cross-Cloud Services will be part of a new family of multicloud SaaS services previewed at VMworld. Called Project Arctic for now, it will integrate cloud connectivity within vSphere, which will allow customers to manage cloud resources across multiple public and private clouds from a single console, the vendor said. “The Arctic Project will put multicloud within the reach of vSphere customers, by integrating native cloud connectivity with vSphere, making vSphere cloud-ready and making hybrid cloud the default operating model,” wrote Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager of cloud infrastructure of the VMware division, in a blog post.

“Millions of IT admins who use vCenter on-premises will be able to build their domain expertise and benefit from expanded cloud capabilities. Customers can instantly access VMware Cloud resources and deploy Cross-Cloud services. For example, they can enable cloud disaster recovery with just a few clicks or use security services to detect threats and protect against ransomware.

Arctic is one of many cloud-related developments announced at VMworld 2021. Others are also on board like Capitola to create software-defined memory. It is designed to allow customers to automatically increase memory as applications need it without requiring major infrastructure changes. The Cascade project aims to simplify the way Kubernetes developers access resources in a cloud environment, while Ensemble aims to give customers a unified view of cloud resources through services of vRealize Cloud Management.

A cloud security tool on the rise

In terms of security, the firm cited the “Elastic Security Edge” service to extend and adapt network and infrastructure security in a datacenter or edge environment to changes in application traffic. “VMware provides a range of control plane services for networking, security, and observability, as well as a single-scale distributed architecture that enables an EASE environment. [Elastic Application Security Edge] grows and shrinks as the application changes, ”the group said. Features include extending security policies to workloads wherever they run.

Additional security tools were also announced. It’s about the Carbon Black Cloud example that can now be activated only from vCenter, making it simpler and faster to deploy protection against ransomware attacks. Tanzu Service Mesh is evolving to give developers and security teams a better understanding of API links in multicloid environments to meet a challenge with DevSecOps. To improve the recovery process in the event of a cyberattack, Disaster Recovery provides file and folder level recovery that allows customers to extract specific files or folders from virtual machines without disabling them. . This will allow customers to have new and undamaged data injected into the clean restore point as part of the ransomware recovery process.

Zero trust applied to multicloud and edge

Also note the advances in CloudHealth Secure State that now support Kubernetes Security Posture Management to provide in -depth visibility into incorrect configuration vulnerabilities in both Kubernetes clusters and public cloud resources. Not to mention the joint advancement from VMware and Intel to secure environmental edges down to terminals and applications. The idea is to combine the Intel vPro platform and VMware Workspace One to automate maintenance and security update processes for PCs wherever they are. “VMware shows customers that traditional network security appliances and architectures are no longer used for multicloud environments,” says Brad Casemore. He added, “VMware is good at security because they offer to maintain protection and simplify the management of the security infrastructure. This is important as customers move towards a zero trust approach suitable for multicloud and edge . “

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